Online barter gains popularity in Iloilo amid COVID-19 crisis

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 27, 2020   •   1029

Get a sack of cabbages for a sack of potatoes. That was how trade worked during the early civilizations. Before money existed people used barter to trade.

Because of the severe economic turmoil created by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, several business owners and employees have lost their livelihood and had to look for other means to survive.

Residents in Iloilo City have resorted to online bartering to cope with the economic effects of the pandemic.

The Iloilo Barter Community (IBACO) currently has over 44,000 members. IBACO is bringing back barter and is trading various goods including food, pre-loved items, and services in exchange for another product.

Money is not needed. One can barter gadgets for fruits, clothing, or any other product that the trader would prefer having.

According to IBAC founders Charity Delmo and Hector Angeles, they created the group in order to help fellow business owners cope with the economic effects of the pandemic.

“While it’s a fun community, we found out that there are a lot of members who are also business members who lost their business, and people who lost their jobs,” Delmo said.

In order to trade, an individual must post the items they want to barter, which includes the description, worth and what items they want to exchange it with.

Members will then be able place their offer through the comments section. The page does not allow direct or private messages until the deal is closed.

IBAC, meanwhile, does not allow trading of animals, hazardous or illegal items, medicines, alcohol, or masks. AAC (with reports from Lalaine Moreno)

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Iloilo City also extends ECQ until April 30

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 8, 2020

The Iloilo City government has also extended its enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to April 30.

According to Iloilo Mayor Jerry Treñas, the ECQ extension is to further prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the area.

“After due consultation with the doctors, our city health office, our focal person, the Department of Health (DOH), and some other business in Iloilo City I have decided to extend the period up to April 30,” he said.

Treñas recommended all residents to stay home and wait for the relief packs from the government.

Based on the recent report of the DOH, confirmed COVID-19 cases in the area reached 36 in Western Visayas, four of them are from Iloilo City. AAC (with reports from Lalaine Moreno)

All residents in Guimbal, Iloilo tagged as PUMs due to local transmission—DOH 6

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 1, 2020

All residents in Guimbal, Iloilo have been tagged as persons under monitoring (PUM) after a local transmission of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was reported in the area.

Based on the contact tracing of the Department of Health (DOH), the first confirmed COVID-19 case in Guimbal is a 65-year-old male identified as Patient no. 2.

He got the virus from his relatives in Japan. Meanwhile, Patient no. 18 is a 51-year-old female who is Patient no. 2’s neighbor.

“The source of the infection is within the reporting location, the second case is connected to the second patient so na-meet niya ang classification ng isang local transmission, (it met the classification of a local transmission),” according to DOH 6 Regional Director Dr. Marlyn Convocar.

Due to the local transmission, all resident should be placed under a strict 14-day home quarantine.

“Because of that, all of them are PUMs. I-monitor natin kung may signs and symptoms sila, (we will monitor if the residents have signs and symptoms)” Convocar said. AAC (with reports from Gladys Toabi)

Death toll in Iloilo due to Ursula onslaught rises to 12

Robie de Guzman   •   December 26, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The death toll in the province of Iloilo due to the onslaught of typhoon Ursula has risen to 12, local authorities said on Thursday.

Citing information from municipal disaster offices in Iloilo, a report on UNTV News Ito ang Balita said seven of the fatalities were from Batad, four from Balasan, and one from Carles. Most of the victims died of drowning.

Nine people were also reported missing.

Batad is being considered to be placed under a state of calamity after Ursula affected 12,000 individuals and destroyed hundreds of houses in 24 barangays.

Affected families are currently taking shelter in evacuation centers.

“I-recommend namin sa aming sangguniang bayan na magdeclare kami ng state of calamity within the 24 barangay namin,” Batad Mayor Elvira Alarcon said.

According to Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr., most of the municipalities pummeled by Ursula sustained heavy damages, with some still without electricity.

Residents are also in need of assistance.

“Ang kailangan dito ang kuryente at ang relief operations pagkatapos niyan ang priority kung anong mga damage to infrastructure na pwedeng tulungan,” he said.

The Iloilo governor said the restoration of affected transmission lines is ongoing.

He added that they are planning to recommend the declaration of a state of calamity in eight cities and municipalities ravaged by the typhoon. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lalaine Moreno)


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